Just had surgery and blood sugars are through the roof!

By Serenity Latest Reply 2009-07-21 22:51:25 -0500
Started 2009-07-20 17:37:23 -0500

After having an infected tooth last week, I decided Monday was a good day to have my rotted wisdom teeth removed (one of them was infected).

I was on antibiotics last week and will continue for another week with that treatment. I'm taking the generic version of Vicodin for pain management and child's liquid ibuprofen for the inflammation. I am not allowed to exercise until next Tuesday. Instead of my limited 5 foods that I was eating to control my blood sugars, I am now stuck with liquid and mushy foods for the next three weeks. Think watered down apple/grape juice mix (my own - think water with hint of fruit), baby foods (veggies, fruits), Boost, soy milk, pureed tofu and bananas, and sugar-free ice cream and sugar-free pudding. I'm considering adding mashed sweet potatoes tomorrow, but it depends on my blood sugars. I have to intake enough calories so I don't throw up with the Januvia.

My blood sugars were in the high 190's, mid 200's before surgery. They are now in the high 200 range to as high as 300. My doctor refuses to put me on insulin and I have little money. What to do? Any ideas?

Remember: I can't chew food and I can't exercise for another week (I am so bouncing off the wall from boredom!). I am used to doing 4 miles a day and 7 miles on Saturday. This is going to be a long week…


13 replies

Sarguillo 2009-07-21 15:43:32 -0500 Report

I feel for you. When sick or in pain, forget about BS management. Aint going to happen. As long as it doesnt get too out of control, roll with it. As soon as you are a little better, then you can work on your BS levels. WHen I am sick, I give up on trying to control my Bs. Its a loosing battle that wont be won by anything we can do. Just hope it doesnt last long. Good luck and hope you are feeling better soon.

Serenity 2009-07-21 22:19:39 -0500 Report

Yeah, I'm quickly learning that it's a loosing battle. It's been in the mid 200's all day and I even walked to the store and did some light grocery shopping!

Sigh…I just hope I can keep up at work tomorrow!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-21 22:51:25 -0500 Report

Oh, you have to work too? My neice is on insulin and has been hospitalized several times when she had intestinal flu, or surgery—like they say, just relax and concentrate on FEELING BETTER from the surgery, the BS will follow. She works in a hospital in the business section and because she is usually so tired early mornings, they let her wait til bout 10am before she clocks in to work. Thus she has a little better chance of helping her body to recupperate after one of these occurrences! Hope your place is considerate too, should help your stress too. Best of Luck PR

mamaoak 2009-07-21 08:56:18 -0500 Report

hope you have a blender you can even do meat. watch the fruit drinks you can blend fruit up as well and vegtables . hope your feeling better. take it slow if your sugars are 350 call your dr or go to hospital if you can.take care of youself.

Serenity 2009-07-21 09:15:01 -0500 Report


After my third cup of water, my blood sugars went down to 165.

This morning, woke up with 200's. That seems to be the norm these days!

cakeybakes 2009-07-20 21:25:23 -0500 Report

I was told by my doc not to worry if you are still feeling okay and you are below 350 and it is still coming down. Infections are difficult. Just call your doctor AT LEAST once a day to let him know your numbers. If he thinks you need to go to the ER he'll tell you. Make sure you are getting plain water too. Some of those fun drugs tend to get you a little dehydrated. Adding juice (even a little) will make your numbers go up.

Serenity 2009-07-20 21:35:17 -0500 Report


It's been in the 200's, mid 200's all day and I just checked it and it was 321. Not sure if I want to walk to the hospital this time of night, so I'll just see what it is and go from there tomorrow.

cakeybakes 2009-07-20 21:46:25 -0500 Report

Good luck, and just keep an eye on it. Drink a glass of water and relax. If it starts to come down, then don't worry too much. Mine hit 350 a few times when I had the flu and wasn't eating anything but 3 or 4 saltines a day. Just make sure it comes down. If it continues to rise call your dr's answering service first!

hbkunkel 2009-07-20 18:22:10 -0500 Report

Have you tried chair exercises? There are many available on the internet. Also try the glycerna liquids as your base for puddings- it adds nutrition and needed vitamins. Good luck.

Serenity 2009-07-20 20:51:16 -0500 Report

Thank you - will have to Google that information :)

My blood sugars are 321. At what time should I go to the ER?

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